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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

LXIII


TALK with prudence to a beggar
Of “Potosi” and the mines!
Reverently to the hungry
Of your viands and your wines!
  
Cautious, hint to any captive        5
You have passed enfranchised feet!
Anecdotes of air in dungeons
Have sometimes proved deadly sweet!

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